Sunday, September 28, 2008

1 Week to Go

So we are in our last week until the big day. We leave on Wednesday for Minnesota and I am so very excited. The girls are excited to see and play with their cousins and I am excited to get out of Massachusetts for a bit and run a great race.

Today was our last "long" run before the marathon. Eric and I did 8 miles on the rail trail and it was pretty easy. Our Garmin's were a little off at one point so I picked up the pace because I thought we were going to slow. So I had quite a lead on Eric and his long legs sprinted right past me at the end. I guess I wasn't blessed with such an advantage as being that tall.

After our run we tried going to lunch before Eric had to go to the airport. So we head to our favorite restaurant all the way in Worcester, Moe's. We go there every weekend, the kids even look forward to it. Well there was a Walk for Cancer going on circling the block where the restaurant was. We were so sad that we had to skip our Sunday lunch as he would have been late if we sat in traffic any longer. As it was, the girls and I spent 3 hours in the car today. 8 mile run and sitting in a car doesn't make tight legs feel very good. But oh well, 1 week to go and the forecast is still looking good for Marathon Sunday!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Taper Madness

Apparently I have taper madness. I am in week 2 of my taper for an October 5th marathon and my legs are so achy. Nothing helps the pain at this point and I know I am not injured as running doesn't hurt, just sitting still does. I feel like my legs are screaming at me to go running even though I must stay home. Did I mention I hate tapering?

On the kid note, my almost 2 year old is nuts. The little monster tortures my poor kitten and she pulled the curtain rod off the wall today. The problem with her behavior is we discipline her and she looks at us with her huge eyes and we can't help but smile. Why do they have to be terrors and cute at the same time?

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Husband/Wife Team

So today was our last 10+ mile run before our marathon in 2 weeks so Eric and I headed to the rail trail in Groton where we have done most of our long runs for an easy 12 miler. We have been out there every weekend practically of the summer, so we really got to know a lot of people that are out there. The past few weeks have brought out more runners which makes our runs more fun as we like to "reel" people in as described during the Olympic Marathons by the "wonderful" commentators. So today, we saw a few other husband/wife teams and we reeled them in and passed them. Now Eric is supposed to be taking it easy because of his ankle, but every time we came upon someone he went faster. I told Eric he is a lucky man, because every team is only as fast as their slowest runner and that would be him right now, where as you most of the men were the faster runners. So we killed it today and named ourselves the husband/wife team of the day. Our runs go by so much faster with all the friendly competition.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I Hate Taper Time

So I am in my 3 week taper time for the Twin Cities Marathon. Last week was 50 miles and this week is only 34. I can't believe I can now say 34 miles is an "only". While this week is a cutback for the taper, so far I have only cut back by 2 miles, so my past 7 days still is at 48 miles. My knees hurt, my back hurts, and I am starving. I know this is all in my head because I was perfectly fine before. I swear when I taper my head goes crazy thinking I am going to be injured and that I need to eat, constantly. Oh well, October 5th will be here soon enough, and I can see if my training actually worked or if I will crash again at mile 18. I am hoping for the former, obviously.

On the mommy side of things, Eric told me today that he caught Gabbie swinging my Disney Marathon poster that is framed on the wall. He said she was pushing it back and forth on the wall yelling "Mickey Mouse". I don't know how the darn thing did not fall, and where in the world does this girl come from? She is a walking disaster. Luckily she gave her warning cackle, so he was able to get to her in time.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Guy Up There

So my husband and I have differing opinions on religion, but we have come to an understanding on the issue when dealing with our girls. I am Catholic and still have many Catholic beliefs. He does not believe in religion at all, he thinks it is all crazy. We baptized our girls Catholic, but have decided to wait on teaching them anything until they are older and can understand things and make up their mind on their own. This does not exactly sit well with my family, but I want things to sit well with us, so I don't fight it.

So yesterday, my 3 year old, Bridget, was upstairs at my mom's house, chatting away by herself. I thought she was pretending she was on Skype, as my mom's exchange student does every day. She was laughing and talking for a good 10-15 minutes. She came downstairs, and I asked her who she was talking to and she told me "The Guy Up There." I was like, "Excuse me?". And she repeated "The Guy Up There." Now my sister is pretty religious and Bridget is close with her son, which is where her new teachings have come from. Earlier the two monsters locked themselves in the closet, and I think they were talking to The Guy, in order to get them out of their predicament.

My husband got a kick out of hearing about Bridget's conversation and for now we are letting her talk to The Guy when she wants to, but still not telling her what we think as we don't want to confuse her. I guess her teachings will come from a 5 year old from now on and she can interpret them in her own way.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Life as a Stay-at-Home Mom

For the past 4 years I dreamed of becoming a stay-at-home mom. At the beginning of the summer of 2008, I decided that I could no longer stay at my job and quit. I had no plan and had no idea what I was going to do, but I knew I was making the right decision. For the past 3 months I have tried to organize my life. Who in the world did this before I quit my job? I spend hours cleaning my house. My girls always keep me on my toes. And coupons, who knew they could save you so much money.

So my job is simple, or so it seems. I take care of my home and kids and run. Running is the only time I get to be myself.